Food & Drink

May 20, 2014

Eats Beat: TV chef Tim Love feeds golf fans, and also dishes up a smokin’ breakfast

Just a chip shot away from Colonial, the Woodshed Smokehouse serves weekend morning smoked biscuits and pancakes with smoked syrup.

Chef Tim Love has a TV show, the biggest catering job of his career and four restaurants full of visiting diners.

First, though, he had to come up with a breakfast menu.

“Never in my career had I made pancakes,” he said, going over the new weekend breakfast/brunch menu that premiered at Woodshed Smokehouse just in time for the Colonial golf tournament this week.

“We stir the syrup with hickory wood for smoke flavor. We smoke flour for the biscuits. We wanted our breakfast to be different from everywhere else.”

The Woodshed’s new breakfast begins at 8 a.m. weekends, which is about when crowds will be charging toward the Colonial next door.

If you’re not going to the tournament, the best time to hit the Woodshed is for weekday lunch. By then, the crowd will mostly be inside Colonial Country Club.

“Everybody thinks we’re super busy at lunch during Colonial, but we’re not,” Love said.

“It’ll be great weather. It’s the perfect time to come.”

Once you’re inside the tournament, Love is also catering 22 concession stands and more than 50 sites overall.

His concession menu includes smoked beef, pork, chicken and brisket, but the featured item is a Famous Colonial Chicken Sandy, an organic fried chicken sandwich with bread-and-butter-serrano-pickled slaw.

He’s also serving his elk-brisket-cheddar Woodshed Burger at the concession stands.

Estimated total meals he’ll serve this week: 118,000, bigger than any Love week ever, including his Austin City Limits festivals.

Oh — and his new TV show will premiere July 8.

Restaurant Kickstart on CNBC stars Love and fiery New York food and wine personality Joe Bastianich as the tough interviewers screening restaurants for potential investors.

Woodshed Smokehouse serves a light breakfast and full lunch and dinner weekdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., with barbecue and an appetizer menu served till midnight.

On weekends, breakfast now begins at 8 a.m. Full dinner service continues until 11 p.m. Saturdays, with barbecue and appetizers until 2 a.m. Saturdays or midnight Sundays; 3201 Riverfront Drive, 817-877-4545,

His other restaurants, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and the adjacent Love Shack Burgers, will be open regular hours all weekend; http://

• Other dining choices near Colonial:

Pacific Table is the busy new lunch, dinner and brunch stop in the Rogers Road corner of University Park Village.

Lately, Pacific Table has been promoting sushi and seafood dishes such as a cioppino; 1600 S. University Drive, 817-887-9995,

A location of Arizona-based Kona Grill and a locally owned Brewster’s Burger Bar are the latest newcomers in the West 7th urban village, along with A F + B, a new Bottlecap Alley Icehouse burger grill and nearby burger landmarks Fred’s and Rodeo Goat.

Railhead Smokehouse, Flying Fish and Pulido’s Restaurant are now strategically located at the Chisholm Trail Parkway exit for Montgomery Street north of Colonial. They’ll be busy all weekend.

(To reach Pulido’s now, use Locke Avenue.)

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